As the year winds down, most Australian celebrities, like the rest of us, have one thing on the brain: Summer holidays. We quizzed stars on what they have planned for the next three months, but we also asked them to share their favourite Summer memories and their beverage of choice for when the days get hotter and longer. Click through for responses from Jennifer Hawkins, Lincoln Lewis, Laura Dundovic and more!
David and Victoria Beckham are front and centre on Vogue Paris' December/January issue, and the duo brought serious sexiness to the cover. They were photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for the issue, which Victoria had "so much fun" guest editing. In addition to her and David's spread, the pages include personal family pictures and holiday memories straight from Victoria. She also touched on her relationship with David, telling writer Marie Darrieussecq that they have had their "ups and downs." She added about her four children, "I really enjoy being a mum. I love [my children] and I'd do anything for them."
Taylor Henderson may have come second to Dami Im on this year’s series of The X Factor, but you only need to look at his recent achievements to know that it hasn’t been detrimental to his music career at all. Since finishing the show, he has released his winner’s single “Borrow My Heart,” which topped the ARIA charts, gone on tour with the top five, and recorded his self-titled debut album, which drops today and features full-length versions of his most memorable performances from the series. We got on the phone with Taylor on Wednesday in the middle of The X Factor Live tour to get the scoop on the most interesting fan experiences he’s had (hint: he said “raunchy messages”), his admiration for Ed Sheeran, and how he plans to spend his Christmas and Summer break.
POPSUGAR Australia: How is The X Factor tour going?
Taylor Henderson: It’s going good so far! So we’ve done our third show and doing our fourth tomorrow. It’s going quick, but man, the crowd especially, and everyone who’s been coming . . . The people can come and watch, but there’s nothing better than when we can interact with them. That’s the great thing about the tour: we’re performing our hearts out, and we want people to get to know us. On The X Factor, we got very nervous, and after you finished a song you had to sit there, and you either get praised or grilled. So it’s good to finish a song and just have people cheering you on.
PS: How do you like the touring experience?
TH: I know some of the songs might be similar, but at the end of the day every show is always different — there’s something that changes, or we might chuck something in, or bring in a surprise singer; Omar [Dean] was there last night. We’re doing what we love, and I’ve been really enjoying it. I’m really excited.
More from Taylor when you keep reading.
You may not know her as well as her parents, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, but you're going to be hearing a lot about Sosie Bacon in the coming months. Last night, it was announced that she will be Miss Golden Globe 2014, and POPSUGAR US was there for the big event. You'll find that Sosie is as sweet and charming as her parents, and she plays six degrees of Kevin Bacon just like the rest of us!
Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig brought their A-list power to the Sydney Entertainment Centre for the Australian premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty last night. The movie, which Ben also directed and produced, marks the first time the two have worked together on the big screen, and a J. Mendel-clad Kristen told media that she got involved because “I made Ben hire me.” She added more seriously, “No, I actually met Ben when he hosted SNL, and he had mentioned there that he wanted to talk to me about a project. We ended up meeting shortly after that. He told me about the movie, I read the script, and it was a very easy yes for me.” Being on set, Kristen was able to see Ben at work wearing his many hats, which she described as “very inspiring to watch.”
As for the main man of the night, Ben was quizzed on the red carpet about what it’s like to direct Ben Stiller. He joked, “He’s difficult. He doesn’t listen to direction. I wish he had more range as an actor. The angles, it’s hard to find a good angle. It’s all very frustrating.” Jokes aside, Ben has grown as an actor and director, and he admitted that juggling the roles has gotten easier as time has gone on. He explained, “I try to be easier on myself as an actor when I’m directing, because at the end of the day you’re stuck with yourself in the editing room, and you’ve got to have as many choices as possible. A movie, at the end of the day, is about the performances, so if you’re going to do it, you’re going to have to jump in and know it’s going to be messy and inefficient. You need a lot of help, and you all bond together as team, the crew and the cast, to figure out how to do it.”
Walter Mitty is a departure from movies Ben has previously down, with breathtaking cinematography and adventures that go around the world. Ben shot on location in Iceland because he wanted the experiences to be a real as possible: “I wanted to feel that in the movie, that real things were happening. Every day we were shooting when we were in Iceland, when we were either doing something on a bike, or running, or in the ocean, or climbing up a mountain — all that stuff is the best, because you’re having a real-life experience, and you happened to be making a movie.”
It was the first time a premiere screening had been held inside the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and after the movie, Ben and Kristen returned to the stage for a Q&A session with Todd Sampson. When she sat down, Kristen joked about how she had to keep her hand in her lap because her dress was so short, and the two stars continued to praise each other’s talents. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is released on Dec. 26.
A huge weight has been lifted off Tim Robards’ and Anna Heinrich’s shoulders. After keeping the result of The Bachelor a secret for nine weeks, the lovebirds can finally go public with romance after the final decision aired on TV last night. Two romantic dates in Thailand helped Tim decide that it was criminal lawyer Anna who had won his heart over model Rochelle Emanuel-Smith, and now Tim and Anna can stop sneaking around to see each other and pick up their relationship in the real world. We caught up with Tim this morning to discuss when he knew Anna was The One, how they managed to see each other after filming the finale, how much input he had with those amazing dates, and his advice for next year’s Bachelor.
POPSUGAR Australia: How did you watch the grand final last night? We saw a picture of you on Instagram surprising Anna.
Tim: [Laughs] We were in a hotel room, so we orchestrated it so Anna was in a room with all of her friends, and I was in a room with my friends, and at the end I took all my mates up and friends and family, knocked on the door, and gave them all a big surprise. It was great. So the families got to meet each other. It was just so happy.
PS: At least it wasn't one of those shows where they film alternate endings so the winner remains a secret, and you both knew the result. It would have been awkward with a show like this.
Tim: Yeah. We knew and our families knew, but that was it. So all our friends — there were about 30 of us in each room — didn’t know, so it was a great surprise for them. It was great to have them there and finally be able to say, “I have this great girl and I’m in love.”
More from Tim when you keep reading.
By tonight, the nation will know whether it was criminal lawyer Anna Heinrich or model Rochelle Emanuel-Smith who won Tim Robards’ heart when the final rose is handed out on the grand final of The Bachelor. Anna made a big impression on Tim from the start — she charmed her way through the whole lipstick-on-teeth dilemma during their first meeting — whereas Rochelle, while always stunning, became a real contender in the show’s later episodes. Both girls dropped by our office this afternoon for a pre-grand final chat — they were tight-lipped about the winner, but through the experience they’ve become really good friends, so it’s clear there’s no tension between the two. Read on for our interview with Anna and Rochelle on keeping the secret (for nine weeks!), returning to normal life, and whether there was anything they didn’t like about Tim!
POPSUGAR Australia: How hard has it been to keep the secret of who gets the final rose?
Anna: I know we both found it extremely difficult. I found it more difficult at the beginning, but as time went on it became easier and easier — all my friends understand my position, and we’ve all signed confidentiality agreements and I want to stick by that. But it has been so difficult, so I know it will be a huge relief off both our shoulders once it’s revealed tonight.
Rochelle: And the same for me. It’s everywhere and everyday, it’s been going on this whole time. People are a little disappointed when they feel they have this close bond to us, and we can’t tell them such a thing, it’s hard to get them to understand the logistics of it all. Every day you go somewhere different, and a new person is asking. They’re like, “Really, you’re not going to tell me?” It’s like, “I’m sorry!” You have to keep it upbeat and be like, “You’ll find out!” I was working with some models the other day, and we were in the back room getting changed, and I was like, “Do you want to find out the answer to this in the back room of this fashion show, or do you want to find out on the night of the final?” And they were like, “True, we’ll wait.”
Anna: Even though people want us to tell them, they actually don’t want us to ruin the surprise either.
Rochelle: It’s a sucky way to find out, and that’s a way to keep them at bay.
More from Anna and Rochelle when you keep reading.
Jennifer Lawrence might be one of the most in-demand actresses working in Hollywood today, but that doesn't mean Christian Bale was sold on having her join the cast of American Hustle. We caught up with Bale at a press day for his upcoming drama Out of the Furnace this weekend, where we asked him what Lawrence brought to the table in Hustle as one of the youngest talents on a project packed with big, established names. As it turns out, Bale initially balked at having Lawrence take on the role of Rosalyn in the drama, and it was a concern he didn't shy away from sharing with both her or director David O. Russell.
"She did a wonderful job, because I have to say that, for all of her talent, I was very concerned about her when she was cast, because the character had never been written so young. And I'm old enough to be Jennifer's dad. I mean, I turn 40 next year; she's 22?" Bale told us. "And to me, it introduced a whole new aspect to the story that I expressed to David and to Jennifer herself. I said, 'With all due respect, how are we going to manage this?' And she played it so well . . . [as] a woman clearly with these sort of father issues, and so you don't question it. I was very impressed with her, how she managed to overcome the problems that I saw through it, and it's a really unique film."
From the beginning of the series, 27-year-old real estate agent Ali was one of the standouts on The Bachelor. She wasn’t afraid to put herself out there — some may have seen her actions as a little desperate — and was the first single lady to score a passionate kiss from Tim Robards. She shared many more special moments with Tim, even after hurting her leg on a group date, but failed to go all the way when she didn’t receive a rose during last night’s emotional rose ceremony, leaving Tim to choose between criminal lawyer Anna and model Rochelle. We caught up with Ali recently to talk about how she got over her heartbreak, whether she’s dated since leaving the show, what the girls got up to when they weren’t on dates, and what she learned from the whole experience.
POPSUGAR Australia: How’s your leg?
Ali: Yeah, it’s OK. [Shows bruises.] You can see the scars there. I still can’t straighten it.
PS: It’s weird to think you spent the rest of the series on crutches — not the most romantic of situations, and yet it opened up potential romantic moments.
Ali: Yeah, I was just really determined, and I definitely wasn’t going to go home. That wasn’t going to stop me. And I think it brought us together in a different way, and it showed his caring and nurturing side. I don’t think many couples go through that sort of thing. Because it’s such a big, traumatic thing that happened, and for him to be there for me, it showed me he’s an amazing person.
PS: Do you ever think Tim felt pressure to always be this Prince Charming figure? Did you or the other girls ever put him on a pedestal?
Ali: Knowing Tim, he’s very rational, and he wants something really real at the end of this, and he wants it to be lasting and genuine. I think he would always look at it very rationally and know that we’re there for the right reasons. I don’t think he was that worried. He obviously knew what the situation was, being that he was the only guy in the situation.
More from Ali when you keep reading.
All eyes will be on Candice Swanepoel when she hits the Victoria's Secret runway wearing the $10 million Fantasy Bra tomorrow! The longtime Angel has the honour of opening the show, and she recently visited POPSUGAR Live! to speak about her work with the brand. Candice answered many of the most pressing questions about being a Victoria's Secret Angel, including: what's going through her mind when she hits that catwalk?